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February 2018

How Komen is Working to Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

Lynda Weeks

In 2016, Susan G. Komen set a Bold Goal – “to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in the U.S. by 50% by 2026.” – This commitment is more than just words. We have a two-fold approach to reaching it:

First, we will continue to fund breast cancer research. Komen is the largest non-governmental funder of breast cancer research in the world. We have invested more than $920 million toward finding the cures. Now that we have a better understanding of this disease, our focus is on: improving therapies for aggressive forms of breast cancer, effective treatments for metastatic breast cancer, and transformative technologies that allow the very earliest detections of the disease (when treatment is most effective).

Secondly, we are increasing our focus and funding to eliminate health care disparities - the avoidable differences that include education, income, and environment. Did you know that approximately 29% of all cancer mortalities are due to disparities? In other words, people are dying because they don’t have the resources they need to be screened or treated.

Every year, Komen Kentucky invests thousands of dollars to educate people to “know their normal” and the eight symptoms of breast cancer. We also invest in: patient navigation, breast cancer screenings, treatments, and transportation (either for gas cards or taxi service) to treatments.

Our focus for this year is a continuation of what we began last year – showing “What Pink Makes Possible.” We want to show WHY we do what we do at Komen Kentucky and HOW we help people in our community. By partnering with medical organizations, we increase our impact and by collaborating with other nonprofits, we achieve more for less, reach more people, and make a greater difference.

Thank you for helping us show the impact and meaning of PINK and what it makes possible! I invite you to join us at either of our Pink UnTied events this month to celebrate our success (see below for details).


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Lynda Weeks
Executive Director


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Marletta McDermott

Marletta McDermott

Marletta McDermott was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ in April 2012 when she was 39. She was the seventh person in her family to have the disease. Her mom, two aunts, two sisters, and a cousin had also been affected.

Luckily, she caught it early and did not have to have chemotherapy nor radiation, although she did have a bilateral mastectomy with reconstruction.

When she saw a notice on Facebook about the Colors of Promise breast cancer outreach group in April 2013, she was eager to get involved to help spread the word about the importance of getting screened. "I encourage people to keep an eye on their health. Don't let the little things turn into something bigger." She knows firsthand that catching it early can make all the difference. She feels blessed to be living life to the fullest.

Women like Marletta are the inspiration for the work we do at Komen Kentucky and why we work hard to fund research and share information about breast cancer and treatment options, among other things. If you are willing to share your Survivor story to provide hope and encouragement to others battling the disease, please contact us



pink Spotlight L.jpgInsider Louisville

Insider Louisville is proud to support Susan G. Komen Kentucky’s mission to end breast cancer.

 "Insider Louisville cares deeply about the health of our community. Health care policy, access to medical resources, and quality of life are top priorities for our news coverage. Whether we’re covering research, nonprofits, the local impact of illness, or insurance, Louisvillians know that Insider Louisville is the trusted source for indispensable news," noted IL managing editor Mickey Meece.  

Insider Louisville logoIn November, Insider Louisville announced that is becoming a nonprofit media organization. Their mission won’t change. News that affects the community will remain a top priority. They will, however, challenge themselves to do more. With the support of their readers, they plan to cover more news with more reporters, and host more live events to engage people in discussions that promote positive change in our community. As they grow, they challenge you to become more engaged and part of the conversation that keeps the powers in Louisville accountable.

Become an Insider Louisville Member today! Click here to explore the membership levels that provide a unique experience through new member meetups, signature quarterly events and other benefits.


Join us at Pink UnTied

Pink UnTiedWe are excited to launch Pink UnTied, a more casual, less expensive evening than our former Pink Tie Ball. The Lexington Pink UnTied will take place at Keeneland's Clubhouse on February 10 and Louisville's Pink UnTied will be held on February 24 at The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Both events are generously sponsored by Delta Dental of Kentucky. For more information on purchasing a table, becoming a sponsor, or donating auction items, please visit our website or contact the Lexington office at (859) 368-7133, or the Louisville office at (502) 495-7824. We hope to see you at one of them.


Komen Kentucky Partnerships

Komen Kentucky is fortunate to have many partnerships throughout the state. If your company would like to be featured, like those listed here, please contact us.

Glow LouisvilleLouisville Glow Organic Spray Tanning is here to help you look fabulous for the Louisville Pink UnTied. Schedule your tanning session today and mention Komen and they will make a 10% donation to Komen Kentucky. Offer good throughout the month of February. Call (502) 544-5970 for an appointment or to hear about their special formula that will not turn you orange!

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Greenwell Brothers Propane will donate a penny per gallon of propane delivered by their pink truck. They have been a Komen partner since 2010 and raise both awareness and funds for breast cancer causes through their initiatives. The pink truck makes deliveries to the following counties in Kentucky: Anderson, Bullitt, Franklin, Hardin, Henry, Jefferson, Mercer, Nelson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, Trimble, and Washington.

Wacoal Fit for the Cure

fit for a cure logo.jpgMark your calendar now for this spring's Wacoal events. This year marks the 18th anniversary of Wacoal's Fit for the Cure® program benefiting Susan G. Komen. For every woman who gets a professional bra fitting at the event, Wacoal will donate $2 to Komen (no purchase necessary). Wacoal will also donate $2 for every Wacoal bra, shapeware item, or b.tempted bra purchased at these events with a guaranteed minimum donation of $250,000 in 2018. The dates in our service area are:

March 2, Von Maur, Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville 10am-9pm

March 6, Dillard's, Kentucky Oaks, 5101 Hinkleville Rd, Paducah, 10am-9pm

March 20, Dillard's, Greenwood Mall, 2625 Scottsville Rd, Bowling Green, 10am-9pm

March 21, Dillard's, Greentree Mall, 757 Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville, IN, 10am-9pm

March 22, Dillard's, Jefferson Mall, 4801 Outer Loop, Louisville, 10am-9pm

March 23, Dillard's, Fayette Mall, 3625 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, 10am-9pm

March 22, Dillard's, The Mall in St. Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Rd, 10am-9pm

April 13, Macy's, Oxmoor Center, 7900 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, 10am-9pm

April 19, Belk, Ashland Town Center, 500 Winchester Ave, Ashland, 10am-9pm

April 19, Macy's, Fayette Mall, 3625 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, 10am-9pm


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